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Nine Lives (2016)



Critic Consensus: Not meow, not ever.

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Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date - the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom's workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Rebecca's 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store's eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to his daughter's party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.

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Kevin Spacey
as Tom Brand
Christopher Walken
as Felix Grant
Cheryl Hines
as Madison Camden
Jewelle Blackman
as Doctor Cole
Mark Camacho
as Josh Boone
Christopher Wilding
as Chirpy Employee
Kyle Gatehouse
as Nerdy Employee
Ellen David
as Tom's Secretary
Camille Ross
as Monica Baptiste
Jack Hallett
as Mayor Edwards
Tristan D. Lalla
as Hefty Guard
Brad Aldous
as Lanky Guard
Jason Cavalier
as Skydiving Coach
Sook Hexamer
as Japanese Woman
Melissa Duncan
as Seon-Nurse #2
David-Alexandre Coiteux
as Samson - Security MIB
Meghan Gabruch
as Ian's Assistant
Jon Olson
as TomCat Sounds
Chloe Sonnenfeld
as Additional Voices
Barry Sonnenfeld
as Additional Voices
Talitha Bateman
as Nicole Camden
Chris Wilding
as Chirpy Employee
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Critic Reviews for Nine Lives

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21)

There's not a laugh to be had.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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It is a mystery, though, why Barry Sonnenfeld (director of The Addams Family and Men In Black) and his cast were drawn to such skittish material.

August 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Like a bargain-basement version of Freaky Friday crossed with a cat meme, the comedy here is inert, despite the efforts of a psychotically chipper musical score.

August 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Nothing here looks like a genuine interaction between real human beings: Spacey may be the first actor to give a comedic performance in which his own smile looks like it had to be green-screened in at a later date.

August 18, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The script is stupid and debasing, subjecting the tycoon to numerous cat-piss and emasculation jokes after he turns into "Mister Fuzzypants."

August 11, 2016 | Full Review…

This cat-astrophe about a megalomaniacal New York City real estate developer and businessman (dingdingding!) who finds himself trapped inside the body of a fussy feline called "Mister Fuzzypants" is, paws down, the year's worst film.

August 11, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nine Lives


Have Barry Sonnenfeld and Kevin Spacey's careers fallen to such a point that they really need to sign on to do movies like this? Sonnenfeld doesn't have the best track record, but he's still got some solid movies in his filmography. And don't even get me started on Spacey. Spacey isn't an A-lister, and I mean someone at a Chris Pratt level, but he also isn't starving to death due to the fact that he can't get roles. Spacey has had a good career and I'm quite perplexed as to why he even agreed to this. I will say this, Spacey is perfect at the asshole boss/CEO-type character. Watch Swimming with Sharks and Horrible Bosses for how incredible he is at that type of role. But he's also the type of actor, where if he's not fully invested in the script, he completely phones it in. Watch Father of Invention for proof of this. I didn't even finish watching that movie it was so boring. With all of that said, this is never nearly as bad as one would reasonably expect given its concept. It's still bad, for sure, and this is really just an excuse to feature an adorable cat doing silly shit. This is like if cat videos were made into a movie with, barely, a semblance of a plot. If you hated movies like 'Look Who's Talking', 'Look Who's Talking Now Too' and 'Look Who's Talking Now' (a shit trilogy if ever there was one) then you're gonna hate this movie. That's just the way it's gonna be. And this is the type of movie that just wants to appeal to the lowest common denominator of people who love harmless family films that they can watch with their kids. Something silly that they can all watch together. They don't really demand much from their films and this is the type of nonsense that they are fed because of the fact that, sadly, there's an audience for that. There might not be an audience for that on the big screen anymore, but a direct-to-video family crowd will eat this up. The film's story is pretty much exactly what you would expect. Tom Brand (Spacey) is this asshole CEO of his own company. He doesn't respect his son (who works with him in a shitty office), he forgets his daughter's birthday and doesn't know what she likes, so he has a meeting with his employees in order to figure out what he should get for her birthday. He neglects his wife, but not as much as you would think. So it's basically what you would expect. He is turned into a cat by this mysterious man, Perkins, who owns a cat store he calls Purrkins (in one of the film's "cleverest" jokes) in order to make him realize what's really important in life and how he has treated his family throughout the years. Trite, generic and predictable stuff right here. I don't necessarily have a problem with the concept as much as I do the execution of it. But this is the type of movie where, unless you really fucking care, you're not really gonna make much of an effort to write a great movie. And you know why you're not gonna try? Because you don't really need to. There's a low ceiling for a film like this. It might be a hit, on DVD, with families, but it's something that they are gonna forget within a week, when the next Pixar movie, or something else far more important, comes out. The next David Mamet is not gonna be discovered from a film like this, that's just the way it is. Which is why these films play out the way they often do. These are unimportant films and those are the kinds of films where laziness is king. Their film isn't really gonna make an impact, so what's the point? I'm going hard on this angle, but that's just the truth of the matter. That's not to say that the movie doesn't have its moments or that it's downright awful, because it does and it's not. The problem is that those very few moments are only worth chuckles and not real, legit laughter. Kevin Spacey is phoning in his performance, for sure, but he's doing a better job at hiding that he's phoning it in. Jennifer Garner is there and deserves better. So does Christopher Walken, but he's one of the few appealing characters in the entire film. I don't know what else to say quite frankly. This is still a very bad movie by anyone's standards, but it's not the end-all, be-all of awful movies. That award would still go to The Room. Even though The Room is worse, by a goddamn country mile, I still got more enjoyment from than from this movie. That should tell you something. Not recommended.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer


Yes it isn't very good, yes it's a predictable and not so very good storyline but it's still a heart warming and amusing movie!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Una terrible revoltura de historias con una pésima dirección y terriblemente actuada por parte Kevin Spacy y Jennifer Garner.

Fernando Martínez Cantú
Fernando Martínez Cantú

Super Reviewer

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